Season ended

The East of Scotland League 2019-20 season has formally ended after a resolution was passed by member clubs, it means that Blackburn United retain their Premier League status next season and Bo’ness United have been declared Champions. Details of the resolution were;

– Final EoSFL standings for season 2019/20 decided on Points Per Game (PPG)​

– Not to relegate any club from the Premier Division this season​

– Temporarily increase the Premier Division for one season to allow the two First Division Conference winners to be promoted​

– Should the Premier Division champion be promoted to the SLFL they will be replaced by the Conference runner-up club which has the highest PPG​

– At the end of season 2020/21 to promote each First Division Conference winner and relegate as many clubs as necessary to restore the Premier Division to 16 clubs.​

This means that Tynecastle and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale will be promoted, and Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts will also be promoted should Bo’ness United be promoted to the Lowland League.

Lowland U20 League

The Lowland League today confirmed, in light of the current situation, that the season was over for the U20’s, with both Conference winners decided on points per game basis.

Conference A winners were Edinburgh City and Conference B winners were University of Stirling. There will be no play-off to decide the overall Championship.

Despite incurring a three point deduction due to an administration error, we finished a creditable 8th on PPG, with 10 wins from 18 games. Laurie Devine ended the season with 16 goals, and we’ll see a number of the U20’s in the Senior squad next season.

Well done to all concerned for a successful debut season!

The league hope to start fixtures for the 2020-2021 season on Friday 21st August, but of course that’s very much dependent on the current pandemic. Meantime, stay safe, stay at home and stay healthy!

Conference A
PLPTSPPG
1Edinburgh City18512.84
2Lothian Thistle HV18372.06
3Spartans17342.00
4East Fife19311.64
5Edinburgh United19311.64
6Caledonian Braves18281.56
7Blackburn United18271.50
8Dundonald Bluebell17261.53
9Bonnyrigg Rose15211.40
10Dalkeith Thistle19191.00
11Cumbernauld Colts19170.90
12Edinburgh University20160.80
13Hill of Beath Hawthorn20140.70
14Upper Annnandale17130.77
Conference B
PLPTSPPG
1BSC Glasgow19422.21
2University of Stirling17382.24
3Bonnyton Thistle20371.85
4Musselburgh Athletic22361.64
5Heriot Watt University18331.84
6Kelty Hearts19311.64
7Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts19291.53
8Penicuik Athletic17281.65
9Civil Service Strollers16231.44
10Preston Athletic19231.21
11Dunipace17221.30
12Camelon17221.30
13Mid Annandale18181.00
14Broxburn Athletic20120.60
15Newtongrange Star1800.00

UPDATE

First of all, like most of world football, the East of Scotland League and the Lowland U20 Development League season remains suspended. We hope to have further clarity on a way forward by the end of the month, but it looks increasingly likely that the 2019-20 season will not be completed.

Sadly, the Club has had to take the difficult decision to cancel the Wednesday Night Lottery draw and the monthly 50/50 ground improvment draws. As soon as practicable to do so we will reinstate both.

We’d like to thank all those participants who enter via standing order who have indicated they would like to continue to make payments towards club funds during this time, your generosity is very much appreciated by all.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for regular updates.

Please take care, look after yourselves and others.

Season suspended

In light of the recent SFA decision to suspend all football matches under their auspices until further notice, including the East of Scotland League and the Lowland U20 Development League, the board of the Blackburn United Community Sports Club have taken the decision to immediately suspend all training activities at the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium for the period of one week. This decision will be reviewed in seven days.

We will provide further updates on the re-commencement or otherwise of the 2019-2020 season when we have it.

Sauchie Juniors 2 Blackburn United 1

East of Scotland League Cup 2nd Round

Sauchie 2 (Cross (pen) 20mins, Bryson 47mins)

Blackburn United 1 (Queen 44mins)

After winning away to Premier Division opposition in the first round of the League Cup United’s reward was another away tie against another Premier Division side and with striker Danny Campbell out injured and young back-up Laurie Devine having had to play the full ninety minutes the previous evening in the Lowland Development League game against Spartans, captain Michael Browne was forced to become an auxiliary striker for the afternoon, although an injury to midfielder Marc Smith midway through the half forced a reshuffle that eventually saw Devine enter the fray to take up the striking duties and allow Browne to slot back into the middle of the park. However, moments before this change Blackburn had slipped behind to a penalty, Crawford skipping past one challenge after another before being brought to ground just inside the eighteen yard box and from the resultant penalty CROSS slammed the ball past Craig Saunders and into the bottom left hand corner. Sauchie then came close to adding a second but when Finlayson came in off the left his twenty five yarder was too high. Five minutes later James Mildren headed a Cross delivery clear but only as far as Finlayson whose curled effort flew over the top. Young was then brought into action in the home goal when Kyle McClung made ground on the right and cut inside before firing his shot from around twenty yards into the midriff of the ‘keeper. The equaliser, though, arrived just before the break when a sharp and incisive first time pass from Martin Lawrie sent Paddy QUEEN racing clear on the left and when he cut inside Houston he unleashed an unstoppable effort into the roof of Young’s net from twenty yards or more.

Parity only lasted a mere one hundred and twenty seconds of the second half however and when a long ball forward caught the United rearguard square BRYSON raced in behind amongst a howl of offside calls and retained his composure sufficiently to slot the ball past the advancing Saunders. Saunders was then called into action to save a McCaughie shot after Syme and Finlayson had combined to set him up but the action was being confined to the midfield areas of a heavy playing surface that was slowly beginning to cut-up and was offering up no real opportunities at either end, although the hosts long ball delivery was constantly a test for the Blackburn back four. Midway through the half John Drummond was first to reach a Darren McIntosh cross into the Sauchie box but although his effort ended up in the net he was adjudged to have bundled the keeper over in putting it there and the goal was disallowed. With no more chances forthcoming thereafter it was the Beechwood Park men who advanced to the third round draw.

Blackburn United line-up: Saunders, McIntosh (Welsh 82), Lawrie, Mildren, Drummond, Smith (L.Devine 23), McClung, Kane, Browne, McLeod, Queen (McDowall 66)  Subs (not used): Howe, Clements

Sauchie line-up: Young, Houston, Syme, Wright, Cross, Sharp, McCaughie, Donaldson, Crawford, Bryson, Finlayson  Subs: McTaggart, Dawson, Cummings, McKeown, Cameron, Maitland

Referee: Mr. Ryan Lee

Assistants: Mr. James Taylor & Mr. Cameron Doyle

Lottery shift

Due to the forthcoming changes at the Mill Centre our lottery sales desk is moving – but don’t worry, you can still get your ticket ahead of each Wednesday nights draw by visiting the Partnership Centre every Tuesday morning from next week onwards where Jimmy will be waiting with his usual warm welcome!

Why not make a point of a weekly visit to buy a lottery ticket and support your local football club?

Blackburn United 1 Camelon Juniors 1

Blackburn United 1 (Mildren 19mins)

Camelon 1 (Boubekri 49mins)

United hosted top half of the table Camelon having already beaten them in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and came agonisingly close in the opening minutes when Danny Campbell made ground on the left and fired a delivery across the face of goal which found Stuart McLeod in glorious position only six yards out but he somehow managed to lift his effort over the crossbar. McLeod then worked his way in off the left hand side and onto a Richie Hutton pass but his angled shot was held at the second attempt by Shaw in the visiting goal. However, only two minutes later and Blackburn’s early pressure was eventually rewarded, Calum McDowall flighting in a corner from the left that arrived amongst a sea of bodies milling in and around the six yard area from where James MILDREN was able to turn it beyond a wrong footed Shaw to open the scoring. McKenzie then had a pop from distance for the Mariners that Craig Saunders held comfortably before Morrison hit a half volley from the right angle of the box that flew over. Right on half time United were forced into a change when Campbell hobbled off to be replaced by Laurie Devine, the youngster having scored twice the previous evening for the U20s in a Lowland League game at home to Bonnyrigg Rose that had had to be abandoned due to fog in the 70th minute.

Four minutes after the resumption Camelon were level when McKenzie strode in from the left to hit a shot goalwards that BOUBEKRI may just have got the merest of touches to as it sneaked past Saunders on the way into the bottom corner of his net. Three minutes later Donald Morrison hit the byeline and picked out his namesake David but his side footed effort was too high. United too then came close when a David Howe free-kick from around twenty yards out was pushed away from his goal by Shaw who was then quick from his line not once but twice in the space of ten minutes to thwart a darting Devine whose pace had beaten the visitors offside trap. Offside was to thwart John Drummond though when he thought he had given United the lead again after a piece of fine chest control and a neat finish had beaten Shaw only for the referee’s whistle to silence the celebrations. Ten minutes from time McKenzie tried one from all of twenty five yards but Saunders tipped the shot over for a fruitless corner to ensure that the spoils were shared on a bitterly cold day.

Blackburn United line-up: Saunders, Welsh, Lawrie, Mildren, Drummond, McLeod (McClung 85), McDowall, Kane, Campbell (L.Devine 44), Howe, Hutton.  Subs: Gunn, Young, Mitchell, Clements

Camelon line-up: Shaw, Gillespie, B.Sneddon, Do.Morrison, Skinner, Kay, McMullan, Da.Morrison, A.Sneddon, Boubekri, McKenzie  Subs: Daramola, Langton, Kane, McCroary, McKay

Referee: Mr. Iain Snedden

Assistants: Mr. Konrad Spalony & Mr. Callum Wallace

Snow winner

Blackburn United 0

Sauchie 2 (Donaldson 28mins, Finlayson 53mins)

Match Abandoned – 61mins

A bitterly cold wind welcomed the players on an afternoon when all other Premier Division games had been postponed thanks to Storm Ellen and it was the visitors who settled earliest, Jordan Watson clearing a looping cross only as far as Sharp on the edge of the box but he sent his half volley narrowly over the top. Sixty seconds later Donaldson latched onto a loose ball eighteen yards out but his shot flew past the left hand upright. Just beyond the twenty minute mark United themselves then came agonisingly close to opening the scoring when Calum McDowall sent Danny Campbell clear on the right and when his cross arrived in the middle, Wright stooped to rattle his defensive header against his own post. Fortunately for the centre-half the ball cannoned straight back to his ‘keeper who flopped on it gratefully. Richie Hutton then tested Dolan with a pop from more than twenty yards that the Sauchie ‘keeper pushed past the post. From the resultant corner the ball was cleared to the edge of the area where Marc Smith was waiting but his shot sailed over. The opening goal, though, arrived at the other end four minutes later when Finlayson got free on the right to lift a ball into the box and although Michael Browne got his boot to it the ball came off his heel to spin awkwardly into the air and onto the back post where DONALSON was lurking to give Craig Saunders no chance with a half volley from no more than six yards. By now the snow was beginning to fall and as it increased in intensity players from both sides, as well as the match officials, seemed to be struggling to deal with what was becoming blizzard like conditions and Hutton required treatment after slipping and picking up an injury. Before the break Saunders went down to gather a routine effort that slipped from his grasp thanks to the snow but he was able to recover before Donaldson could take advantage and the last chance of the half came for Blackburn when Watson danced past several tackles before sliding a pass into McDowall but his shot cum cross took a deflection and went wide of goal.

In the swirling snow United officials cleared the lines at the interval to ensure the game could resume, although both the referee and his assistants had taken a long hard look at the deteriorating surface conditions during those fifteen minutes. The game, however, did restart and David Howe barrelled in off the right hand side to hit and effort at goal that Dolan was equal to, the ball spinning from his slippery grasp before he could claim it at the second attempt. For Sauchie, Comrie hit a terrific effort from distance that struck Saunders right hand post in forty nine minutes. By now, referee Mr. Lee had stopped play on a couple of occasions to speak with both captains and both managers and was clearly concerned with the danger being posed by the underfoot conditions, but play continued and from a corner-kick in fifty three minutes the visitors lead was doubled, FINLAYSON getting the freedom of the six yard area to head past Saunders. However, that was to be the last real action as the referee brought the captains together one last time just after Blackburn centre-half John Drummond had slipped and fell when losing his footing in pursuit of an overhit through ball and abandoned the game, a decision not entirely welcomed by the men from Sauchie but probably the correct one nonetheless.

Blackburn United line-up: Saunders, Watson, McClung (Lawrie 57), Browne, Drummond, Smith, McDowall, Kane, Campbell, Howe, Hutton  Subs (not used): Queen, L.Devine, Mildren, Welsh, McLeod, Clements

Sauchie line-up: Dolan, Houston, Syme, Wright, Cross, Sharp, McCaughie, Comrie, Crawford, Donaldson, Finlayson  Subs: Young, S.Dolan, Dawson, McTaggart, Bryson, Cummins, Cameron

Referee: Mr. Ryan Lee

Assistants: Mr. Andrew McGachan & Mr. Owen Roberts

Dunbar United 0 Blackburn United 0

Dunbar United 0

Blackburn United 0

After moving off the foot of the table with last week’s 1-0 victory over Penicuik Athletic, Blackburn travelled to the east coast knowing victory would haul them above their hosts and out of the relegation zone all together and on a bitterly cold afternoon and in the teeth of a developing gale both sides struggled to produce any sort of accomplished football, although Danny Campbell was perhaps a wee bit unlucky to see his glancing header from a Richie Hutton delivery sneak wide of the Dunbar goal inside the opening ten minutes. Four minutes later David Howe zipped in an effort from some twenty yards or more that took a nick off the toe of a defenders boot and that was just enough to see the ball fly over the top. At the other end Ballantyne’s half-hit shot was saved by Craig Saunders but when it fell for Tait his turn and hit wasn’t enough to get the ball past the big ‘keeper. The same two players were again denied by Saunders not too long thereafter, Tait hitting a shot that was saved as was Ballantyne’s follow-up. Before the interval a Justin Watson delivery from the Blackburn right found Campbell but his pop at goal was deflected past.

With the wind an ever present factor and the rain making frequent appearances too, the second period became a bit of a war of attrition with the hosts having the bulk of the play but with Blackburn perhaps looking just that little bit more threatening and when a long ball by Saunders allowed Campbell to head on and into the path of Hutton his lay-off to Calum McDowall was hit past the right hand post with the substitute not quite making the contact he would have hoped for. Just after the hour mark a spell of Blackburn pressure ended when the Seasiders broke quickly, McLaren getting in on the right but firing his shot too high before the same player had another opportunity seven minutes from time but found Saunders was comfortable enough in saving his effort.

Blackburn United line-up: Saunders, Welsh (McDowall 35), McClung, Browne, Drummond (Mildren 84), Smith, Hutton (Queen 60), Kane, Campbell, Howe, Watson  Subs (not used): L.Devine, McIntosh, Gunn, Mitchell, Clements

Dunbar United line-up: Laing, McFarlane, Peden, Szemis, Harley, McTernan, Neave, S.Tait, McLaren, Handling, Ballantyne  Subs: Cropley, McCraw, Ingram, K.Tait, Fiddler, Johnstone

Referee: Mr. Alex Shepherd

Assistants: Mr. Boise Allan & Mr. Warren Chadwick